California has been on the forefront of trying to find ways to reduce car accidents that occur because of distracted drivers. Unlike many other states, cell phone use by drivers is all but forbidden in California, with good reason. Studies are starting to show that distracted driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, and our readers are probably getting all too used to seeing reports of San Jose car accidents that are likely caused by distracted driving.
In a recent news article, one person came forward with her tragic story of how distracted driving impacted her life. The woman, a San Diego resident, spoke as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which was recently sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She apparently decided to tell her story with the hope that anyone thinking of using a cell phone while driving would think twice.
According to the article, this woman's sister had picked the woman's 5-year-old son from school to spend some time with him. They were driving away from the school when the woman's sister apparently reached for her ringing cell phone, which was in the passenger seat beside her. As she reached for the phone she reportedly lost control of her car and collided with a truck. The accident left the woman's sister with brain damage and the woman's 5-year-old son with catastrophic injuries. The boy was airlifted to the hospital, where, tragically, he died shortly afterward.
Distracted driving accidents like this are starting to get a lot of attention when they occur. The level of negligence involved when someone is using their cell phone while driving may eventually get up to the same level of drunk driving in the public opinion. When it does, hopefully tragic accidents like the one this Southern California mother's son and sister were involved in will become a thing of the past.
Source: NBC Southern California, "Grieving Mom: 'I Lost My Son to Distracted Driving'," Monica Garske, Sept. 19, 2013
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